Women’s Track and Field Falls to Holy Cross in Home Meet, 221.5 – 215.5

DURHAM, N.H. – The University New Hampshire women's track and field team won eight of nineteen events but fell to the Holy Cross Crusaders in its home dual-meet Saturday afternoon at Paul Sweet Oval.

Senior captain Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) and freshmen Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.), Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.), and Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) each placed in two events to lead the Wildcats on the day.

Freshman Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) grabbed the first victory of the day for UNH, earning first place in the 400-meter dash and nine points for the Wildcats. Costa finished in 1-minutes and .64 seconds to capture the win. Messina took second place in the event when she clocked in at 1:01.55.

Kimball grabbed the next victory for UNH, taking the 800-meter race with a 2:21.15 mark. Classmate Sarah Kieran (Rowley, Mass.) turned in a third place finish in the event, timing in at 2:22.26.

The Wildcats followed the 800-meter race by sweeping the 1000-meter event. Purrier and Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) claimed the top two spots with times of 2:50.62 and 2:59.79. Senior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) also finished with a solid time in the event, crossing the finish line in 2:23.07.

UNH also earned first and second in the mile race. Senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) posted a 5:05.40 time to take the top spot, while sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) followed close behind in 5:08.56.

The 4x400 relay team of Kruse, Szymanski, Kimball, and Purrier also notched a first-place finish for the Wildcats. The team crossed the finish line in 4:05.37, just 22-hundreths of a second ahead of Holy Cross.

The Wildcats also put out three first-place performances in field events. Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) took the victory in the high jump with a measurement of 5 feet and 5 inches. Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) also placed in the event with a jump of 4-11.00.

Bonsaint followed with a win in the long jump, posting a 16-01.75 mark. Janine Appleton (Marlborough, Conn.) earned fourth with a leap of 14-03.00.

Messina earned the Wildcats' final first place finish for the Wildcats, taking the top spot in the triple jump with a measurement of 34-08.25. Freshman Lexie Arbour (Monson, Mass.) took second place with a mark of 34-01.25.

The UNH women's track and field program returns to competition Friday, January 24 when it competes in the Joe Donahue Games at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. For the latest news and information tune in to www.unhwildcats.com

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